Courtesy Phil Carmody

Opportunity Knocks, a community-based non-profit for adults with developmental disabilities, is holding its 3rd annual Opportunity Knocks Tee-It-Up Golf Outing and BBQ Block Party on Friday, June 21. The organization is proud to call the people it serves “Warriors,” with a strong belief that their place in the community is both valuable and necessary. Started by a family of 5 brothers in support of their youngest brother who has Down Syndrome, Opportunity Knocks is a rare, growing example of what an organization like theirs can do to make a difference.

The big summer fundraiser on June 21st starts with the Tee-It-Up Golf Outing, located this year at the Glendale Lakes Golf Club in Glendale Heights. For $150, or $600 a foursome, golfers get a day of championship golf, a catered lunch from Buona Beef, cocktails and great contests. The day starts with a tee time at 10am; a free shuttle will also be available, leaving the Forest Park area at 8:30am.

The golf outing will end at 4:30 after a post-round meal, cocktail hour and the much-anticipated Helicopter Drop Contest. But it doesn’t end there as golf registration comes with free admission to the famous BBQ Block Party that night.

The Opportunity Knocks BBQ Block Party begins at 6:30pm, on the 400 block of Elgin in Forest Park, next to Fatduck Bar & Grill. Featuring great food and drink from local vendors: Big Guys Sausage Stand, Fatduck Tavern & Grill, Piggyback, Skrine Chops, and Sugared Sweets by Nikki. The event also features live music from Breezy and the Coolers and Hello Nuvo.

All of the proceeds from the BBQ Block Party go to support a great cause – and only $40 per person for general admission includes food tasting vouchers, domestic draft beer, water and soda. The event will also feature a dunk tank, raffles and many other opportunities to support the Warriors. Golf and Block Party registration is limited.

Registration is available now online at

Opportunity Knocks is dedicated to providing opportunities and resources for young people with developmental disabilities in the Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park Communities. Last year, OK served more than 60 young people in our community.